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Family And Friends Rally ‘Round Reba

A?Hairy Situation

January 18, 2018
by Dan Voigt , Emmetsburg News

A diagnosis of cancer is frightening for anyone, especially young people. But when the young person has just experienced an emotional tragedy, the fear can be overwhelming.

For 14-year old Reba Williams of Graettinger, a diagnosis of Hodgkins' Lymphoma in mid-December was shattered by the tragic loss of her 17-year old brother Hunter just days later following an auto accident.

Reba and her parents, Jon and Lana Williams, had to grieve for their son and support their daughter as she began treatment all at the same time, but with the love and support of family, friends, classmates and two communities, life is continuing.

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ARE?YOU?READY?FOR?THIS??-- Emmetsburg High School Principal Mike Embrock got into the spirit of the evening and allowed Reba to shave his head. Williams looked very excited as she prepared to apply the clippers! -- Dan Voigt photo

Reba has been undergoing chemotherapy at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD, since the end of December. Her freshman classmates at Emmetsburg High School have ralied around her, calling themselves "Reba's Rebels" with t-shirts, and on Friday, Jan. 12, a large contingent of classmates, friends and family gathered at the Williams home to shave their heads and get hair cuts to support their friend.

A visit from the Shayla Bee Foundation capped off the evening with the promise of love and support from the organization, as well as the Williams' family and friends.



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